Jul 4, 2009

Dramatis Personae In Luke's Prologue (Luke 1:1-4)

William Kurz has noted concerning Luke 1:1-4 that,

“The prologue singles out at least four differing individuals or groups: (1) "Many have tried to compile a narrative"; (2) "events fulfilled among us"; (3) "it seemed good to me also"l; (4) "to write to you." Among these four are a first-person narrator who presents himself as a histor (3), a second-person narratee named Theophilus (4), an earlier group of writers of similar Christian narratives (1), and a group of Christians in whose midst the recounted events took place (2). The histor narrator distinguishes himself from other narrative writers (1), but includes himself in the Christian community among which the events took place (2).”

William S. Kurz, Reading Luke-Acts: Dynamics of Biblical Narrative (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1993), 41.

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